When the original Jett Rocket appeared as a Wii Ware download back in 2010, I had lots of nice things to say about it. It was a simple, old fashioned run ‘n jump game with a solid feel and absolutely gorgeous texture work. I really dug it. Despite being a little on the short side and kind of bland, there was something about that generic quality which really seemed to work in its favor. Jett Rocket displayed charming modesty in spades but really, it was just nice to have a new installment in the 3D platforming genre which the great Super Mario 64 kicked off (and has sadly since been all but abandoned from the modern gaming scene). So when I found out that a sequel was in the works and this time for the 3DS, I knew I’d be drunkenly typing in my credit card number on or around its day of release. And wouldn’t you know it? That’s exactly what happened. Now after having made my way through the game, how is it? Is Jett Rocket II a worthy successor to something that was pretty good?
Humble brag or clear sign of the need for some form of deep psychological treatment? You be the judge! So the way this shook out is that I’ve been sitting on registering a lot of games plus not filling out post-play surveys for well over the past 8 months or so. I achieved platinum status before the June 30th reset back in like September I think so this has been coming for a while now. There’s still no word yet on what new prize platinum members have to look forward to but odds are there’s basically no way it can come close to matching the awesome of that statue from a few years back. The set of pins we got in 2011 were cool and all but I think I may have already lost last year’s playing cards in my closet somewhere. Hey Nintendo, how about instead of these cheap ass Chuck-E. Cheese grade rewards, you hook up something I can potentially beat someone to death with proudly display on the little box that I keep my Wii and Wii U on? Something in a Luigi theme would be very nice, k thanks.
Whoa, hold on. In case you haven’t already read my massive Mega Man X review over at Nintendorks stop right here, click this link and check it out. Go on…I’ll wait.
Back? Good stuff, huh? Ok well as you can tell, what’s quickly becoming one of my favorite aspects of the Wii U is the ability to freeze games and post cool moments to Miiverse. In fact, you should probably just go ahead and get used to seeing a lot of these pics on Shigeru’s List because they feel so right here. Let’s dive in shall we?
Oh I seeeee. Well that’s too bad because we missed you. Yeah, yeah, I know what I wrote in my sweet little “farewell” post earlier in the year but HERE WE ARE ANYWAY. The truth is that I’ve come across all kinds of random-assed Nintendo related gif’s and videos and whatever these past few months and have shit to say about them that wouldn’t necessarily work as actual articles on Nintendorks. I know this sounds like I’m planning on using this site the way I originally intended and that’s largely because it is. All I can say is that I’m sorry I tried to leave you. I truly have no idea what I was thinking but I’m here now, tanooki tail between my legs asking you to take us back. If for whatever reason you decide it’s too late for a second chance…well, that’s cool too. I’ll be posting here again anyway.
Club Nintendo has had this sweet deal going for a while that allows members to use coins earned registering Nintendo product codes on actual video games rather than the type of paraphernalia more commonly found in Chinatown. For the most part selected titles have been restricted to stuff the majority of long time players wouldn’t bat an eyelash at but as you can tell from the headline and screenshot above, this isn’t the case at the moment. The N64 classic 1080 Snowboarding is up for grabs for a mere 150 coins as are three other selections each worth looking into. 1080 is a game that I spent a ridiculous amount of my un-prescribed medicinally medicated marijuana years playing as a teenager and it’s a lot of fun. Especially now since you can enjoy it in a higher resolution while your hands are wrapped around the asscheeksofthewomanyoulove GameCube controller. Also, if you burn some Nag Champa and listen to this track as you tear through the Golden Forest stage over and over again, shit gets really far ou-sorry? Oh right, what else is currently up for grabs: Let’s have a look.
And it’s all thanks to the Miiverse, a feature that I am becoming shockingly addicted to. For those of you who have yet to get your hands on a console, each stage in NSMBU will have a little balloon with a Mii character’s face on it. A quick pull out to the overhead map allows you to read a comment that this player has written about that specific level and these are often hysterical. I’ve compiled a small list of some of my favorites so far along with images for reference. Enjoy: READ MORE
I can live without universal health care but this awesome little guy is a much taller order. Apparently Nintendo is releasing the Wii Mini for $99 bucks exclusively in Canada in an attempt to get those hosers up off their chesterfield’s and swinging wildly at the old box. This really isn’t such a huge loss as most people already own a Wii and the Wii U has one basically built into it, but the design is kind of neat and it would make for a great Netflix player. Wait, what’s that? In addition to the lack of GameCube compatibility this thing doesn’t go online at all? That means that not only will you not be able to stream movies off of it, you won’t have access to the hundreds of retro games on the Virtual Console. So what the hell are you supposed to do with it? I think I’ll survive without a passport for a little while longer.
Wow. Looking back, November was the lightest month this site has ever had in terms of content despite the fact that a brand new Nintendo console hit store shelfs halfway through it. Part of that as some of you might be aware was due to the traumatic experience I suffered on the launch morning of the Wii U. If this isn’t ringing any bells, click here to check out the entire ordeal complete with moving pictures that will make you throw up probably. Needless to say that sort of took my head out of the game a bit, having to ship it off to be replaced while the shiny new box just sat in the corner of my room, empty like my soul. I just didn’t really have much motivation to write about Nintendo at all there for a minute even though there was plenty material to work with. Well, my U is back and plugged in and I’ve been playing it a lot the last couple of days and it’s time to start clogging up the internet with what I have to say about stuff. I guess this whole thing has been kind of like that episode of Growing Pains. You know…the one where Mike Seaver is shocked to learn that other students still have to go to high school whether he attends classes that day or not. I liked that show.
Six years, an extra hundred dollars and countless personal tragedies and triumphs later find me now on the eve of the Wii U’s launch: Stressed the hell out. I went from telling myself that I’d just snag one at some point before Christmas to deciding to head out launch day and if it’s meant to happen then it will (I didn’t pre-order) and landed right here: Organizing a plan of attack by sorting out a systematic checklist of stores that I will hit in order from most to least likely having consoles that outnumber the reservations that have been paid for already. Overall, I do have a good feeling that I’ll get my hands on one. It’s just going to be a very early morning and a lot of adrenaline fueled driving past speed limits with a sausage mcmuffin hanging out of my mouth.
Attention Wii owners: As of today you now have access to the damn “youtube” that all of these youngsters can’t seem to stop yapping about. By way of a free download, Nintendo has finally delivered on the promise it made several years ago by creating a system channel entirely devoted to hosting adorable cat videos:
Here we are, one week away from the launch of a new Nintendo home console and I’m stressed the hell out about how I’m going to afford mine. I’ve already accepted the tragic fact that I won’t be able to get a game alongside the console on day one, which means I’ll be sitting alone in my room for a couple of weeks with only Nintendoland to keep me company. Blah. There are a lot of features built into the system itself that I’m excited to check out for sure (some of which are detailed in the video above), but six years since I stood outside of a Target with a frozen pair waiting for the Wii, I’m a little bummed that I’m not more excited about the U right now.
Why thank you so much Nintendo for giving gamers two Halloween worthy downloads to choose from today! Unfortunately neither of them are very good but hey…we sure appreciate the gesture. First up is Castlevania: The Adventure which was originally released for the Game Boy way back in 1989. Simon Belmont’s Grandaddy Christopher leads the charge in this installment as the series takes its first (of many) dips into portable water. Too bad this one whiffs it pretty hard as the end result is horrifying for all the wrong reasons. Aside from an excellent soundtrack, Adventure doesn’t come close to matching the visual or control standards set by its home console cousins. As a curiosity, I’d say this game is worth tossing a couple of bucks at but really what you should be doing is downloading the Rebirth WiiWare remake from a couple of years back. Now THAT is some damn fine Castlevania gaming right there, buddy. READ MORE
Super Ghouls ‘ Ghosts is a game that is so hard it will make sitting on your balls feel like a Summer breeze. Seriously. I don’t know what Capcom’s problem is with this series but every single entry has been inappropriately difficult to a degree that as a kid it felt like borderline child abuse. This SNES entry is a particularly sore spot for me because the graphics and sound are so beautiful that I’m regularly lured in to give it another shot. Always with the thought that maybe, juuust maybe this will be the time I make it if not close to the end (LOL) at least to the midway mark. Of course, this has never happened. So why am I bothering to post about this game at all if it’s such a frustrating experience?
I wonder how Splatterhouse 2 has managed to exist on the Virtual Console this long without me drunkenly throwing 800 points at it. Oh right, because the first one was such a massive piece of shit that no level of intoxication could convince me that typing in my credit card number with one eye shut again would be worth it. Well, that and the fact that I’d read somewhere that once the Splatterhouse series jumped ship from the Turbografx 16 to the Genesis, that the 3rd installment was by far and away the best of the bunch. So you see rather than be disappointed yet again by Part 2, it made a lot more sense to me to wait around until Part 3 appeared on the VC which as we all know now, was not to be. Still with me?
I hate to say it, but that yellow stripe up top is hagsville.
And of course along with this information comes both good and bad news. The good is that a new Nintendo system will have a Super Mario game launching alongside it for the first time since the N64 hit stores back in September of 1996. The bad is that these things are gonna run for $59.99 a pop. A quick calculator consultation reveals that if I plan on picking up the deluxe set at $349.99 (which I of course, do), the new Mario’s game and possibly one of the other 22 titles on the following list *cough* Batman: Arkham City: Armored Something or Other *cough*, I’ll be lucky if I make rent that month. In any case now that we know exactly what to expect, it’s time to start filling out your day one shopping list. Hit the jump to take a gander at some of the stuff you’ll see printed on your long ass receipt this November 18th: READ MORE